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Every day, create the world you want to live in.


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Every day, create the world you want to live in.


Let's build the economy of abundance. 
Let's find excess capacity and unleash it.
Let's open assets, data, and minds. 
Let's address climate change and income inequality. 
Let's create the world we want to live in. 

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Current Projects


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Current Projects


current projects I am working on:

Chairman of the Board of Veniam

Chairman of the Board of Veniam

Board of Directors of Tucows

Board of Directors of Tucows

Advisory Board of the World Resources Institute

Advisory Board of the World Resources Institute

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Peers Inc


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Peers Inc


Peers Inc will change our ideas about how the economy is shaped and will transform how we work, build businesses and crack pressing societal problems.
— Chris Anderson, author of The Long Tail
A remarkably comprehensive, and extremely clear, guide to the world’s new logic. I’m less interested in how these peer networks make money than in how they make change; as Robin Chase points out, if we’re going to fight climate change we’re going to need just about everyone engaged. Here’s a recipe!
— Bill McKibben, founder 350.org
Clear-eyed, practical and radical insight from a visionary who has already built part of our future. This is just the beginning.
— Seth Godin, Author, It’s Your Turn
I can say without exaggeration that you have already been the most influential advisor we have had. We have some lovely people and some big names, but you’ve really hit the nail on the head in a way that’s set the company alight with inspiration and possibilities.
— Nadeem Mazen, Founder & CEO, danger!awesome

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When the best of people power is combined with the best of corporate power to form “Peers Inc” organizations a potent creative force is released. The “Inc” in these collaborations delivers the industrial strengths of significant scale and resources, and the “Peers” bring the individual strengths of localization, specialization, and customization together unlocking the power of the collaborative economy. When excess capacity is harnessed by the platform and diverse peers participate, a completely new dynamic is unleashed.

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Speaking Events


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Speaking Events


I give a lot of talks.

About innovation, entrepreneurship, technology, transportation, cities, and climate change.

For a wide variety of institutions: GE, Fidelity, Cisco, Erikson, Associations (all kinds), Universities (everywhere), TED and ideas conferences all around the world.

My primary speakers bureau contact is Michelle Gustafson at Michelleg@washingtonspeakers.com

Public Speaking Engagements


Things went absolutely beautifully. [She was] perfect and the audience loved her.
— US Tour Operators Association
Thank you again for your fantastic keynote address. So many guests came to us to share how inspired they were by the Peers Inc. concept, especially the (many!) entrepreneurs in the audience.
— Elena Mendez Escobar, Sloan Women in Management
She was spectacular!
— Jim Paugh, President, Worcester Economic Club

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About Robin


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About Robin


Bio

Robin Chase is a transportation entrepreneur. She is founder and former CEO of Zipcar, the largest carsharing company in the world; Buzzcar, a service that brings together car owners and drivers in a carsharing marketplace in France; and GoLoco, an online ridesharing community. She is also Executive Chairman of Veniam, a vehicle communications company building the networking fabric for the Internet of Moving Things.

She is on the Boards of Veniam, the World Resources Institute, and Tucows. She also served on the board of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation, the National Advisory Council for Innovation & Entrepreneurship for the US Department of Commerce, the Intelligent Transportations Systems Program Advisory Committee for the US Department of Transportation, the OECD’s International Transport Forum Advisory Board, the Massachusetts Governor’s Transportation Transition Working Group, and Boston Mayor’s Wireless Task Force.

Robin lectures widely, has been frequently featured in the major media, and has received many awards in the areas of innovation, design, and environment, including Time 100 Most Influential People, Fast Company Fast 50 Innovators, and BusinessWeek Top 10 Designers. Robin graduated from Wellesley College and MIT's Sloan School of Management, was a Harvard University Loeb Fellow, and received an honorary Doctorate of Design from the Illinois Institute of Technology. 

AWARDS

  • Harvard College Women's Leadership Award (2014)
  • Honorary PhD, Illinois Institute of Technology (2014)
  • Massachusetts Public Health Award (2011)
  • Time 100 Most Influential People (2009)
  • Top 10 Designers (BusinessWeek, 2007)
  • MA Governor's Award for Entrepreneurial Spirit (2003)
  • Innovator of the Year (SBANE, 2002)
  • Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (2001)
  • Fast 50 Innovators (Fast Company, 2001)
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Select Media


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Select Media


Press People like

Craig Newmark wrote some nice words, when I was 2009 Time 100 Most Influential People: "Robin's work illustrates what's best about people using the Internet: not well-intentioned yet futile do-goodism but business that's also a community service. It's about people using the Internet to work together in the service of one another."

Nico Pitney did a great job interviewing me: A Revolutionary Entrepreneur On Happiness, Money, And Raising A Supermodel

This article in Inc magazine, “How I Survived a Huge Screwup” got a lot of attention. 

Videos

Way back in 2007, I express my infatuation with mesh networks in this TED talk. Veniam is the direct result of this long-held dream about the ability to collaboratively build and collaboratively finance wireless infrastructure.

TED Global 2012 was my very first framing of Peers Inc and injects some reality into what it means to build a business on peer production.

Instead of reading the Peers Inc book, you can watch this high passion version (20 minutes) version I gave a the FUEL Vancouver conference. 

In 2011 I gave a lecture to students at the Founder Institute in Paris. It is my best synthesis about how to think about branding.

Articles

I've written some here and there for the New York Times, Boston Globe, Financial Times, and Wired, and blogged for myself, Linked In, and the National Journal. A few pieces are still worth reading:

"Disrupted Transport will Be Better for Us in the End" (Financial Times, 2015)
"Will the future of Driverless Cars be Heaven or Hell?" (Atlantic Cities, 2014)
"Fossil Fuel is the New Slavery" (Huffington Post, 2010)
"Time for Cooperative Capitalism." (My blog, 2008)